Apr 15, 2010


Prostitution is an endemic menace that is having universal scope. It cuts across communities, states, geographical zones, countries and continents. Many teenage and adult females are involved in it.

Several factors are influencing its increasing rate in the society. Among these is poverty of parents and guardians, which usually leads to frustration of children. When female children cannot afford their basic needs, they resort to prostitution as a way out.

Peer influence also encourages it. In many educational institutions today, many innocent female students are lured into it by their colleagues. Those that feel indisposed to it are treated as usually treated as ‘outcasts’.

The preponderance of nude and sexy films in the society, leaves much to be desired. Today, many blue films are shown on television screen, in cinema houses and even sold at the open market. Many innocent youths watch these films to master the pedagogy of the menace.

Trafficking of female children by influential individuals in the society goes a long way in encouraging it. Many innocent female children are deceived and exported to foreign countries by child traffickers under the pretext of securing employment for them.

The issue of broken home encourages it. When there is conflict at the home setting to the extent that the couple becomes separated, the children are let loose and thus suffer inadequate parental control. Consequently, the females among them can resort to it for their sustenance.

Inability of parents and guardians to give proper moral training to their children is another factor of interest. ‘Charity begins at home’, so goes the adage. Many prostitutes in the society today inherited the trait from their parents or guardians.

The issue of unemployment of graduates of educational institutions plays notable role in the spread of the menace. Many graduates of institutions have resorted to prostitution as a means of survival.

The influence of wealthy individuals in the society cannot be underestimated. At social gatherings, many female students of tertiary institutions are used as ushers and accomplices. They are easily wooed by the ‘sugar daddies’ and thus lured into prostitution. Money and material gifts are usually given to such students as rewards.

The role of institutions of learning in the spread of prostitution is significant and worthy of mention. Today, some teachers and lecturers are into immoral relationship with female students. Such students do transfer their experience to the society to become professional prostitutes after graduation.

The effects of prostution cannot be overemphasized. The menace is contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Syphilis, Gonorrhea and others. Through these diseases, many lives that could have been useful to their nations had been lost.

Many funds are usually committed to the control of the sexually transmitted diseases by government. Such money could be better spent on the provision of basic amenities for the citizens.

The issue corrupts younger ones in he society. Many youths are into it because of what they observed among the elders. The menace also affects the image of a nation. Today, countries that encourage it are treated as ‘pariah’ among the comity of nations.

Prostitution causes emotional depression of those involved in it. They usually see themselves as inferior and outcast in the society. Many homes had been broken through it. When the wife is involved in it, conflicts usually resort, which can end in broken home.

To curb prostitution in the society, parents and guardians should be alive to their responsibilities by giving proper moral training to their children; government should make laws against it; those involved in it should be arrested, tried and convicted to serve as deterrent to others; government should make live more meaningful for the people by providing employment for graduates of educational institutions and further improve the economy.
Apr 13, 2010

The Opportunities and Dangers of Globalization

The global climate at the end of the twentieth century has been marked by a move away from national sovereignty and toward globalization. More and more, in the areas of industry, environmental law, trade and finance, the world is looking to global policies, networks and solutions, rather than individual state controls. This integration of national economies has both opportunities and dangers for the industrialized and the developing nations of the world. The opportunities explain why and how the move toward globalization began, and the dangers describe the newest challenges to modern politicians, economists, environmentalists, and sociologists.

The first, and primary, opportunity of globalization is free trade and the resultant effect on the global economy. Freer trade means more trade, which results in increased financial flows. As trade and financial flows increase, capital redistributes laterally and, in theory, that redistributed capital can pull impoverish countries up from the bottom. The idea of free trade is based on the writings of eighteenth century economist Adam Smith. Smith spoke of “laissez-faire” economics in his book The Wealth of Nations, and taught that privatized business and trade promotes more economic activity than state controlled business and thus could provide even more money from the state through the collection of income taxes (Ferraro, 294, 1998).

Adam Smith was speaking, for the most part, on a national or continental level of free trade, but many have applied these same concepts to global trade. In his article, "Making it Work" (1998), Jeffery Sachs describes the importance of free trade to the development of non-industrialized countries, declaring “[g]lobal capitalism genuinely is the best chance for the developing world to gain a foothold on the economic-growth ladder…” (3). He, and others, feels that abolishing trade barriers is the surest way of offering every nation equal opportunity for advancement.

A second opportunity of globalization is the creation of transnational regulatory frameworks (TRF’s). As nations have less and less control over their individual economies and industries, and the global network assumes more control, the global network must also assume more responsibility for the welfare of both the individual nations and the global community. Therefore, a sort of global socialism develops. For instance, as developing countries of Latin America became more and more indebted during the 1980’s, the institution known as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) emerged as a lender of last resort, willing to bail those drowning countries out of debt in exchange for acceptance of stringent economic structural adjustments. More recently, the IMF is now supplying about 20 African nations with $3 billion in loans, intended to aid in debt relief and industrial developments. Money must flow into struggling nations, such as Africa and Latin America, if they are ever to pull themselves out of debt. Loans of such size would not likely be funded by any one individual country but are made possible through the networking effects of globalization (Lawrence, 2, 1998)

A cynic may wonder why industrialized nations care enough to create organizations for the sole purpose of salvaging the credit of developing and highly indebted nations. As may be suspected, their intentions are not wholly altruistic. Because of globalization, finances of a developing country are directly tied to the finances of a fully developed country, such as the U.S. In fact, the lesser developed countries owe their loans to banks in the U.S. and Europe. If the LDC’s defaulted, the financial markets of the developed world would be hit very hard, if not collapse. Also, corporations in the U.S. and Europe, such as clothing manufacturers, know that they can build factories in LDC’s and have significantly less overhead and labor costs, increasing their desire to protect the economies, and their opportunities, in developing nations. It is not surprising, then, that corporate America is in favor of even further IMF-style aid to Africa, and are heavily supportive of the African Growth and Opportunity Act ("Corporation," 1, 1998). Hence, another advantage of globalization is that it requires the developed and developing countries to be intertwined, ensuring that the former can not simply “write off” the latter.

A last opportunity of globalization is the institution of intellectual property rights. Since the global community is becoming so much closer and integrated, it is no longer adequate to simply honor copyrights within a nationstate. Therefore, intellectual property rights have been instituted to protect copyrights worldwide. While the ability to apply such protections is a clear advantage of globalization, the need for such protections is a disadvantage of globalization. Also, while intellectual property rights are an opportunity for industrialized nations, they are a hindrance to developing countries. Those nations that developed in the years following Britain’s industrial revolution adopted Britain’s technologies at will, facilitating their own development. With today’s intellectual property rights, however, currently developing countries will no longer be afforded such help and will instead need to develop their own technologies.

The dangers of globalization are often tied into the opportunities of globalization; we often find that one policy that benefits one nation or social group harms another. For instance, while free trade is an opportunity for consumers to buy the best goods at the best prices, it also endangers the non-symbolic analysts (NSA’s) of the nations with the highest standards of living, and hence, the highest wages and production costs. Symbolic analysts, those persons who have the ability to translate the technological languages, are often the members of industrialized society with the most vocational and economic freedom. They can work and live anywhere they wish and are unaffected by physical location of industry because they are linked by the world wide web. They are an elite minority, about one-fifth of the population here in the United States, but they have the most political clout because they possess the majority of the country’s wealth. So then, what symbolic analysts want, symbolic analysts get (Reich, 290, 1991).

What the symbolic analysts want is inexpensive service of the highest quality. What symbolic analysts know is that foreign workers are often more qualified, and almost always more affordable, than American workers. The disparity between the wage demands of the American NSA’s and the compensation offered by the symbolic analysts creates what has been termed a “labor shortage.” In reality, however, there is no labor shortage at all. As Robert Reich explains in his article, "The Politics of Secession" (1991), there are plenty of American workers who would be happy to work for a decent wage but cannot support families on the wages that immigrants will accept. Symbolic analysts prefer to hire the immigrants, who are often well trained, and, in doing so, abandon the NSA’s of our country. The situation is further complicated by the fact that, once the symbolic analysts have come to rely on foreigners for their in-person services, there is less incentive to invest in training for American NSA’s, further reducing their potential earnings (Reich, 289, 1991).

Another opportunity of globalization that also has dangers is the destruction of trade barriers involved in the process of free trade. When the IMF provides a loan of last resort, it also institutes a stringent set of economic “structural adjustments” intended to boost the economy of the ailing country in the long term, even if it is painful in the short term. One such adjustment is the forced abolition of trade barriers, tariff and otherwise. The intention of such policies is to let the free market bring wealth to all nations, in a sort of lateral redistribution of capital. In the short term, however, destroying trade barriers means leaving a developing country’s infant industries unprotected in the face of international competition. This collapse of domestic industry will inevitably counteract any intentions to increase manufactured exports. In fact, since the introduction of free trade, due to IMF policies or otherwise, many developing countries have experienced decreases in their terms of trade ("Globalization," 84, 1997).

As an example of how that can happen, consider the following. In the past, developing countries modeled their trade policies after the protectionism utilized by fully industrialized nations, such as the U.S., and often used a development plan called Import Substitution Industrialization. Under such a plan, hefty tariff barriers stall manufactured imports and raw materials are heavily exported for income. Meanwhile, infant industries are being developed, which will be the eventual industrial base for the developing country. The plan worked fairly well until OPEC restricted the supply of oil, causing an oil price shock, and the developing countries suddenly found themselves with debts that they could not pay. The IMF stepped in and covered the debts, saving the nations from the economic disaster of loan default. When the IMF instituted its policies, however, the infant industries, meant to be the industrial base of the developing nation, could not compete without the protection of tariff barriers increasing the prices of manufactured imports, and they collapsed. It is yet to be seen if free trade will, in fact, pull such impoverish countries out of debt, and into prosperity, but, at least in the short term, free trade has certainly hindered independent industry in lesser developed countries.

Forced movement of people, and the resultant racial tensions, can also be seen as dangers of globalization. In his article, Tucson North and South, Robert Kaplan describes the racial and economic climate if Tucson, Arizona. The city is divided into the prosperous north, inhabited by white, symbolic analysts joined to each other and the developed world by the world wide web, and the impoverish south, inhabited by socially alienated whites and immigrant Mexicans, both joined together and divided from each other by gangs. The Mexican immigrants find low paying jobs, displacing the white NSA’s of Tucson who are unwilling to work for such low wages. The whites resent their resultant unemployment, and the process produces racial disharmony (Kaplan, 56, 1998).

Immigration, however, does not always result in racial tensions. Kaplan also writes about Vancouver in his article entitled, "Canada: The Wild Card." In contrast with Tucson, which draws unskilled Mexican immigrants seeking low paying jobs that they could not find in their home country, Vancouver draws highly skilled foreign symbolic analysts, who are, in fact, a boon to the economy of the city. The difference is astounding. Whereas in Tucson, immigration is resented and considered a financial drain, Vancouver welcomes its mostly Asian immigrants with open arms. While in Tucson the whites and the Mexicans stay separated-by either gang signs or North/South Tucson divisions, the whites and the Asians of Vancouver easily intermingle, and frequently intermarry, without conflict (Kaplan, 52, 1998).

Facilitation of the activities of Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO’s) is another danger of globalization. For instance, global financial markets allow the TCO’s to move money and goods from country to country with ease, allowing them to take advantage of whatever country has the most money and the most lax law enforcement. Secondly, the porous borders that have accompanied free trade ease smuggling; high trade volumes mean less chance for suspicion, inspection, and identification of smuggled goods. Thirdly, and critically, relaxed capital flows have been vital in the facilitation of money laundering. Criminal organizations can simply recycle drug profits like a multi-national corporation, and the money will be extremely difficult to trace in the global financial system (Castells, 191, 1998).

Increased action of TCO’s is a particularly dangerous effect of globalization, because TCO’s work with little regard for peace, democracy, or capitalism. In fact, a TCO will routinely corrupt law enforcement, politicians and judges, and kill anyone they are not able to corrupt and who dares to stand in their way. They rely on violence and corruption to achieve a single end: profit. Often, in Latin American countries with weak political infrastructure, the TCO’s have the ultimate power. TCO’s stand in firm opposition to the idea of human rights, and their dictator-like regime must be brought to an end (Castells, 193, 1998). As if TCO’s having power over politicians is not bad enough, globalization also allows for investors to have unchallenged power over politicians. Under the conditions of globalization, developing countries rely on the capital provided by investors to pay debts--both primary and to the IMF--and to support domestic industry. Due to the relaxed capital flows also accompanying globalization, however, investors can pull their money out just as easily as they invested it in the country. As Walter Wriston is quoted in Richard Coughlin’s article "The Peso Crash and the Asian Flu" (1998), “Money only goes where its wanted and only stays where its well treated….” (page 1). Politicians of developing countries must, therefore, consider the reaction of the investors before making any decisions concerning financial policy, creating a clear conflict of interest.

A final danger of globalization is the overuse and abuse of natural resources. This danger could manifest itself in one of two ways. Firstly, while the goals of such TRF’s as the IMF and the World Trade Organization is to aid development in lesser developed countries, that very development will mean increased global environmental degradation. In the long run, development means more superconsumers--people, like Americans, who consume and discard at will, just because we have the means and the “stuff.” In the short run, development means guiding each developing country past the inevitable stage of “dirty” industry. When nations are first developing, they tend to put national development before international ecology, and skip the costly measures that more industrialized countries now use to cut down on pollution. The effects are cyclical, because less environmental protections means less overhead, which, in turn leads to a cheaper product. A cheaper product will have increased sales, which leads to more (dirty) production.

When industrialized nations try to prevent such products from crossing their boundaries, they are stopped short by the World Trade Organization. For instance, the U.S. wanted to prevent filthy, but inexpensive, Venezuelan oil from flooding their markets, and the Venezuelan’s termed the action a non-tariff trade barrier. The dispute was brought before the World Trade Organization, who sided with Venezuela, and ordered the U.S. to either buy the oil, or simply pay Venezuela the cost of the oil each year as compensation for lost sales. Decisions such as this, that place free trade above environmental common sense, are a great danger to the future of our global ecosystem (Bleifuss, 1, 1997).

Secondly, when LDC’s are forced to break down trade barriers in accordance with the policies of the IMF, and their domestic industries collapse, they have only the natural resources to fall back on for income. Once the countries begin to rely on a forest for a sole source of income, overharvest can be very tempting, or even unavoidable. The unfortunate irony is that not only does the world lose a valuable forest, but, through the process of overharvest, the underdeveloped country loses its only source of income.

These are the opportunities and dangers of globalization. As I look over my paper, the dangers seem to outweigh the opportunities, but this is not actually the case. While my list of dangers may be longer, things like TCO activity, racial tensions, and imbalance of investor power are issues of greater or lesser significance in each area across the globe, sort of site specific. On the other hand, opportunities like free trade and transnational regulatory frameworks are absolute necessities for all nations to grow and prosper in the twenty-first century. So, while the lists may seem lop-sided in one direction, my preference is for the other side. Globalization allows us to all work together for a mutually better future.
Minimizing the dangers; maximizing the opportunities.

The dangers of globalization can be minimized in a number of ways. Firstly, trade barriers could be lowered gradually in developing countries in an attempt to allow infant industries to better adjust to the international competition. The imbalance of power held by the Transnational Criminal Organizations may be deactivated by the global legalization of cocaine, reducing its value to nearly nothing. The imbalance of power held by investors may be lessened by policies that restrict the flows of money in and out of a country on a single business day. Overuse and abuse of natural resources can be reduced through the institution of “rental” policies under which developed nations pay for sections of a forest to remain intact, as compensation for lost income. Also, such nations could be encouraged to commence “ecotourism,” the system by which wealthy foreigner pay large amounts of money to visit untouched areas of third world countries, again using an intact forest for income, rather than a ravaged one.

Opportunities could be maximized by creating transnational regulatory frameworks with representation of industrialized and non-industrialized countries, instead of the traditional industrialized only model. Also, the gradual destruction of tariff barriers and the environmental provisions described above could be considered opportunities of globalization as well as reduction in the dangers of globalization.Source
Apr 10, 2010

Cell Phones May Effect Your Sperm

The next time your cell phone rings you just may not want to answer it. A 2008 study conducted at the Cleveland Clinic and published in Fertility and Sterility looks at the effect of cell phone use on various markers of semen quality.

The researchers compiled data on 361 male subjects. They evaluated sperm samples on eight different quality parameters: average sperm count, liquefaction time, pH, viscosity, volume, motility, viabiity, and percentage of normal morphology. The participants were then divided into four groups depending on their average daily cell phone usage.

Researchers found that as daily cell phone use increased a decrease was seen in average sperm count, motility, viablilty, and normal morphology--four of the eight markers used to measure semen quality. This study was based on previous research of the effects of electromagnetic waves (EMV) in animal studies that suggested a wide-range of damaging effects on testicular function and the male germ line and reports that showed an effect of cell phone usage on sperm motility in humans.

However, the authors of this study are careful to point out that cell phones operate between 400 MHz and 2000 MHz frequency bands and no attempt was made to study the effects of higher frequencies on semen quality. In addition, although their results indicate a strong associate they do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The authors are continuing their research with a follow-up study that assess a larger group of men and will also account for the effects of lifestyle habits and occupational hazards that may effect the quality of sperm. In a related study, they are exposing semen samples to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones to see if an effects occur.

A British study found that cell phones may harm sperm quality in a different way. Their study found that storage of mobile phones close to the testes had a significant negative impact on the sperm concentration and the percentage of motile sperm. However, this can be avoided by carrying the cell phone somewhere other than the hip pocket or belt.

But, a study published in The British Journal of Cancer, has contrary findings. Japanese researchers looked at the effect of radiation on different parts of the brain by comparing cell phone use in 322 brain cancer patients against 683 healthy people and found "no association between mobile use and cancer," stated lead researcher Naohito Yamaguchi.

Although all findings are based on specific research samples, the implications are worth considering the next time you slip your cell phone into your belt holster.
Apr 9, 2010

4 Dangers of the Internet

Mary Ellen Handy had a painful crash course in the dangers of the Internet. The trouble started in her freshman year of high school after a dispute over a boy's affections. Once she began dating him, a jealous girl flooded her computer with a stream of nasty messages.

"She'd say, 'I hate you; leave the school,' and she called me every name in the book," says Handy, now an 18-year-old senior in New Jersey. With the speed and ease of the Internet, her classmate soon recruited 20 others to bully Handy online. "It was like a ripple effect," she says. As the ordeal dragged on for months, she dreaded going to school, felt physically ill and saw her grades tumble.

No doubt, the Internet can be an extremely useful tool for young people. But instant messaging, chat rooms, emails and social networking sites can also bring trouble - from cyberbullying to more serious Internet dangers, including exposure to sexual predators.

How savvy are you about keeping your child or teenager safe online? Follow these tips to protect your kids from the 4 major dangers of the Internet.

Internet Danger #1: Cyberbullying

On the Internet, cyberbullying takes various forms, says Netsmartz411.org, an online resource that educates parents about Internet safety. Cyberbullying includes sending hateful messages or even death threats to children, spreading lies about them online, making nasty comments on their social networking profiles, or creating a website to bash their looks or reputation.

Cyberbullying differs from schoolyard bullying, Handy says. Teachers can't intervene on the Internet. "When it happens online, there's no one to filter it," she says. And cyberbullies don't witness their victims' reactions, the way they might if they insulted others to their faces. "They don't see you crying," Handy says, which may make it easier for them to continue.

Some cyberbullies pose as their victims and send out harassing messages to others. Recently, cyberbullies have also begun posting humiliating videos of other kids they dislike, says Parry Aftab, a cyberspace security and privacy lawyer who also serves as executive director of WiredSafety.org, one of the largest Internet safety education groups in the world.

In the age of YouTube, a website that hosts videos shot by users, "Kids are looking for their 15 megabytes of fame," Aftab says. "They do it to show that they're big enough, popular enough, cool enough to get away with it."

Often, kids don't tell parents they're being cyberbullied; they're afraid their parents will overreact or yank Internet privileges, Aftab adds. Her advice? If your son or daughter tells you, stay calm. If it's a one-time thing, try to ignore the bully and block future contact, she says. But if the cyberbullying involves any physical threat, you may need to call the police.

Some tips from Netsmartz.org for responding to cyberbullying:

* To keep others from using their email and Internet accounts, kids should never share Internet passwords with anyone other than parents, experts say.
* If children are harassed or bullied through instant messaging, help them use the "block" or "ban" feature to prevent the bully from contacting them.
* If a child keeps getting harassing emails, delete that email account and set up a new one. Remind your child to give the new email address only to family and a few trusted friends.
* Tell your child not to respond to rude or harassing emails, messages and postings. If the cyberbullying continues, call the police. Keep a record of the emails as proof.

Internet Danger #2: Sexual Predators

The online world opens the door for trusting young people to interact with virtual strangers - even people they'd normally cross the street to avoid in real life. About 1 in 7 kids have been sexually solicited online, says John Shehan, CyberTipline program manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia. The CyberTipline helps prevent sexual exploitation of children by reporting cases of kids enticed online to do sexual acts.

While sexual predators have targeted children in chat rooms, they migrate to wherever young people go online, Shehan says. More predators are now scouring social networking sites, such as MySpace and Xanga, because these sites have centralized so much information, Shehan says. A child's profile typically includes photos, personal interests and blogs.

"In terms of predators, that's obviously a hot spot where they can go to research victims," Shehan says. "They need to meet these kids, groom these children and become friends."

Predators may take on fake identities and feign interest in a child's favorite bands, TV shows, video games or hobbies. "They come across to the children as their new best friend. They're going to have the same likes and dislikes," Shehan says. "It's quite crafty what these child predators will go through."

Internet Safety Tips
  •  Ask your children if they use a social networking site. Look at the site together or search for it yourself online. Social networking sites often have age limits. MySpace prohibits kids under 14 - but doesn't verify kids' ages, so anyone can use it. If you want to delete a site, work with your child to cancel the account, or contact the social networking site directly.
  • Tell your kids not to post a full name, address, phone number, school name and other personal information that could help a stranger to find them. Remind them that photos - like your child in a team sweatshirt - can give away clues to where they live. Ask them not to send photos to people they meet online.
  • Learn about privacy settings that allow kids to choose who can view their profiles. Explain that strangers who approach them online aren't always who they say they are - and that it's dangerous to meet them in real life. Tell them to "instant message" only with family or friends they already know off-line.
  • When it comes to Internet safety, there's no substitute for parental supervision. Put your computer in a common area of your home, not a child's bedroom, so you can keep an eye on online activities. Go to websites that explain the short-hand kids use in instant messaging, like "POS" ("parent over shoulder") or "LMIRL" ("let's meet in real life"), so you know what's going on.
  • Ask your kids to report any online sexual solicitation to you or another trusted adult right away. Shehan asks adults to report the event to the CyberTipline (800-843-5678), where staff will contact law enforcement agencies to investigate. He also advises parents to call their local police and save all offensive emails as evidence.
Internet Danger #3: Pornography

One of the worst dangers of the Internet, for many parents, is the idea that pornography could pop up and surprise their children. But parents may not realize that some kids are going online to seek out web porn, too.

You can view the Internet browser history to see which websites your child is visiting, Shehan says. But since kids can delete this history, you may want to install Internet filtering software to block porn sites in the first place.

Software filters aren't a perfect solution; some nasty sites can slip through, while educational or family-rated sites may be blocked. So while some parents may wonder whether monitoring means they're spying on their kids, the safety factor often wins out. "If you get the monitoring software, put it on the computer and forget that it's there," Aftab says. That way, if someone's viewing porn, you'll have the records to deal with it.

Internet Safety Tips
  • Install Internet filtering software to block porn sites from any computer your child has access to.
  • Consider using filtering software that monitors and records instant messaging and chat room conversations, as well as websites visited.
  • Consider using a monitoring program that filters pornography keywords in several languages. Why? Because some teens have figured out how to get around filters by typing in porn-related search terms in other languages.

Internet Danger #4: Damaged Reputations

Camera phones, digital cameras and web cams are everywhere these days, and kids can be victims of their own inexperience with new technology. Many post pictures, videos or notes online that they later regret. "Think before you post, because once you do, it's going to be up there forever," Shehan says.

A child's online reputation is a growing concern, Aftab says, with the rise of online social networking and profiles. She cites reports of schools and employers rejecting young people for high school programs, internships, college admissions and jobs after checking out what applicants have posted online.

Many teenage girls put up provocative photos of themselves, Shehan says. Why? Handy - a teenager herself - believes it's a game of one-upmanship. "Kids are trying to look cool. They're doing it because everyone else is doing it. A girl will see a picture and say, 'Oh, I can top that.' And before you know it, she's half-naked on the Internet for everybody to see."

Internet Safety Tips
  • Explain that even if your kids delete their posted photos, others may have already copied them into public forums and websites.
  • Tell your kids not to let anyone, even friends, take pictures or videos of them that could cause embarrassment online - such as if a relative or teacher saw them.
  • Talk to your kids about possible consequences, the experts say. A 17-year-old might think it's hilarious to post a MySpace photo of himself looking drunk, with empty beer bottles strewn around him. But will a college admissions officer be impressed? Probably not